Exterior Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Exterior Christmas Decorating Ideas
Experiment with new exterior Christmas decorating ideas. (Christmas lights in ancient place image by nw7.eu from Fotolia.com)

If you have decided that this Christmas you will be decorating the exterior of your home, or if you decorate your yard and need something new, then you need a few exterior Christmas decorating ideas to consider. With planning and effort, you can make your home's exterior Christmas decorating scheme stand out.


Use wooden arches to give your front walkway a festive Christmas look. You can put colourful garland and lights on your arches, and you can also run garland and lights from one arch to the next to create a Christmas covered walkway. If you use programmable LED lights, you can program them to create designs and change colours to give your front walkway a unique look.

Create a Tree

If you do not have any evergreen trees in your front yard, you can still create the look of your own front-yard Christmas tree. Install a metal rod or wooden pole in your front yard that is the height you would like your tree to be. Attach strings of lights to the top of the pole, and then bring them down to the ground at an angle. A string of lights spread 12 to 18 inches apart will be enough to create your own front yard Christmas tree. Use tent stakes that you can buy at any outdoor or camping supply store to anchor the light strings to the ground.

Santa on the Roof

There are many different kinds of exterior Christmas decorations you can purchase that are of Santa in his sleigh along with the reindeer. Most people put these decorations in the front yard, but to do something different consider installing them on your roof near the chimney. Get someone to help you do the job to ensure that you do it safely. Use roofing nails to secure the ropes that will hold your decorations in place.

Computer-Controlled Lighting

You can give motion to your Christmas light display, and even synchronise that motion to your favourite Christmas music, when you use your own computer-controlled lighting display. Companies such as Light-O-Rama and others like it offer do-it-yourself computer-controlled lighting kits and the necessary support to install it properly. You can do something as small as create a light show with the lights in your front yard tree, or you can create a synchronised show that encompasses all the exterior lights in the front of your house.

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